Westminster Lodge Holywell Hill | Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL, England
Opened to the public in 1968 by the Queen Mother (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), Abbey Theatre acts as a centre for drama and other performing arts in the county of Hertfordshire.
The Abbey Theatre is home to the Company of Ten, a drama group with some renown across the country. The building was also designed by local man Antony Moyes, himself a member of the group, which subsequently joined the Little Theatre Guild in 1981.
The theatre is a unique venue for St Albans, and provides high quality, affordable entertainment in the Main Auditorium and adjacent Studio. It is close to the city centre, with convenient parking, a fully licensed bar and a warm atmosphere created by the friendly staff.
Apart from the theatre manager, the venue is run completely by volunteers, who put on the productions themselves but also cover all the front of house, administration, marketing and maintenance activities. It really is a labour of love to provide something of great value to the local community.
Increasingly emphasis is being placed on both physical and mental benefits of involvement with active leisure pursuits, and as a resource the theatre accordingly caters for everyone, regardless of age or ability. The building is hired out to visiting companies, both amateur and semi-professional, to drama schools and also acts as a key venue in the city and can be let out to other groups for meetings and events.
Regardless of whether people enjoy comedy or tragedy, classics or rarities, costume-drama or modern dress, every performance at the Abbey Theatre offers something for every taste.